Preview: Greg "Craola" Simkins "Cloud Theory" @ Merry Karnowsky, LA

Juxtapoz // Friday, April 20, 2012
Saturday, April 21 will see the much-anticipated opening of Greg "Craola" Simkins' his newest solo show, Cloud Theory at Merry Karnowsky Gallery in Los Angeles. We stopped by Greg "Craola" Simkins' southern California studio for a sneak peek at what he’s been working on for his exhibition. Photos and more after the jump….

Guido Mocafico: Serpens

Juxtapoz // Friday, April 20, 2012
I'm going to be straight up here and go first person: I don't like snakes. They freak me out. I totally understand how beautiful they are in their prehistoric skin, and they way they move is elegant and interesting (if you like death staring you in the face and slithering quicker than you can run). Having said that... these photos have led me to a new respect for the artistic nature of a snakes skin. That might be it, though.

Alex Prager "Compulsion" in Los Angeles, NYC, and London

Juxtapoz // Friday, April 20, 2012
Few photographers create the cinematic scenery that Alex Prager depicts in her work. Part film noir, part Wizard of Oz circa 2025, Prager has taken an aesthetic and made it one of the most recognizable in the world of contemporary photography. That is hard to do in this day and age. Right now, her Compulsion series is on simultaneous display at three galleries: Michael Hoppen Gallery, London until May 26, at New York’s Yancey Richardson Gallery until May 19, and M+B Gallery, LA until May 12.

Opening: ROA "Hypnagogia" @ Stolenspace, London

Juxtapoz // Friday, April 20, 2012
They definitely should create an iPhone app that is called 'Where in the World is Roa?" It seems like the man darts the world and leaves evidence of his black and white animals for the world to enjoy. The Belgian street, public, fine, and installation artist just opened a new solo show at Stolenspace in London, and we went to go check it out last night. Photos after the jump . . .

Ron English for Your April 20 Festivities

Juxtapoz // Friday, April 20, 2012
As you probably know, or forgot about 15 minutes ago, but today is the infamous 4-20, a full-court press of weed jokes and eating fast food you don't really want. To celebrate the occasion, we turn to witticisms of Ron English, who not only is featured in our May 2012 Public Art Issue, but is also an artist who can create a clever weed advertisement. Enjoy.

Yangtze, The Long River by Nadav Kander

Juxtapoz // Friday, April 20, 2012
This breathtaking body of photographs taken by Nadav Kander has won him the Prix Pictet prize back in 2010 as well as our adoration. Its best we allow Kander to explain the project in his own words (below is merely an excerpt from a longer statement) and then let the photos tell the rest of the story through their beautifully minimal compositions and seductively subdued hues.

New Zealand's Askew in Los Angeles

Juxtapoz // Friday, April 20, 2012
One of New Zealand’s most talented graffiti writers, Askew, is currently in sunny Los Angeles and cranked out this fantastic new wall titled ‘“Under The Influence.”

"OBEY THE GIANT" on Kickstarter: The First Narrative Film About OBEY

Juxtapoz // Friday, April 20, 2012
A few weeks ago, we were contacted by filmmaker Julian Marshall and his project, OBEY THE GIANT, what is being called the "first narrative film" about Shepard Fairey and his Obey Giant street art campaign. Yesterday, Marshall launched a Kickstarer to finish the project, to gain funds to pay for editing, sound design and mix, vfx and wire removal, score, and color correction.

Dmitry Ligay Illustration

Illustration // Friday, April 20, 2012
Hailing from Tashkent,Uzbekistan, Dmitry Ligay is an artist an illustrator that creates beautiful and intricatley rendered works on paper or canvas. There is a touch of darkness and a rich sensability of fauna in his traditionally created illustrations.

Trojan Condoms Unrolled

Erotica // Friday, April 20, 2012
Did you know that more than 1 million Trojan Condoms are manufactured every day? Well, the makers of Trojan Brand Condoms are giving you a peek beneath the sheets on how America's most trusted condoms are made. Here's a short video to look inside the production factory of Trojan Condoms- practice being safe!

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